Tourism & Destinations

Your Gateway to Vancouver Island

For visitors bound for Vancouver Island, it’s never been easier to visit one of the world’s Top 10 islands! Centrally located, and with a myriad of connecting and direct flights, Nanaimo Airport is your gateway to island life.

Thanks to easy flight connections no matter where you are flying from, Vancouver Island is just hours away. Whether you’re visiting family and friends or looking to explore, you’ll never run out of things to do on the island rated as one of the best on the planet by the renowned Condé Naste Traveler magazine. Wildlife, scenery, family activities, West Coast aboriginal culture, rich history, festivals, abundant shopping — there’s something here for everyone.


Nanaimo is a classic West Coast community, offering natural beauty at every turn, and vast recreation potential. Nanaimo has one of the longest shorelines in Canada, and a forested mountain backdrop just outside downtown. Here, you can go from the wilderness to the city centre in just a few minutes, and spend more time in the places you want to be.  As the second largest city on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo promises a lively and unique urban experience. Downtown along Commercial Street, Victoria Crescent, and Fitzwilliam Street is a thriving mix of restaurants, music venues, shops, galleries, and exciting nightspots.  –

Tofino Ucluelet

Tofino will captivate your every sense.

It’s the feeling of peace you get from gazing at the calm inside waters of Clayoquot Sound. It’s the bobbing heads of surfers braving legendary swells on endless beaches. It is food so fresh that you often pass it on your morning stroll. It’s muted silver skies ushering in brilliant coloured horizons just for you, or it seems.  It’s salt bathed streets scattered with restaurants, galleries, and resorts constructed in true West Coast fashion. It’s living history nestled into surreal landscapes: this is Tofino, and you have to see it to believe it.  –


Ladysmith offers you the perfect combination of small town charm, spectacular natural surroundings and world-class recreational amenities. Located right on the 49th parallel, overlooking tranquil Stuart Channel, the Gulf Islands and the spectacular Coast Mountains beyond. –

Parksville Qualicum Beach

A discovery-filled vacation waits for you in Parksville Qualicum Beach… amazing sandy beaches, picture postcard views, world-class biking and hiking trails, salt-tinged ocean air, and the small-town charm of our communities. –


Where incredible natural beauty is the backdrop to your dream vacation. Whether you come to relax and take in some sunshine, stroll the docks and vineyards, watch artists at work, or go on a once in a lifetime outdoor adventure, the journey is up to you. –

Port Alberni

Whether you love getting back to nature, fishing all day, or being part of a strong community, the Alberni Valley is the best place on Vancouver Island to adventure the way you want. –

Comox Valley

Explore classic coastal temperate rainforest on mountain bike, or make your way through ancient crystal caverns on a cave excursion as the Comox Valley’s alpine to ocean geography offers adventures to suit every age, skill and budget. –

Vancouver Island

The Island stretches for 460 kilometres, among this rugged paradise combines old-growth forests, snowcapped mountains, and untamed shorelines to create one of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems. –

Nanaimo Airport is the Central Island’s gateway to the world.

More flights mean more choices, and more savings for travellers from Nanaimo Airport. Central Island residents can wake up in their own beds and be in sun-soaked destinations or many other locations around the world that same day, thanks to connections from Nanaimo Airport.

And they can usually save money by flying local too.

Daily flights to Vancouver and Calgary – and easy connections to Edmonton – let local travellers connect to hundreds of other flights, bringing Mexico, Hawaii, and the rest of Canada and the U.S. within easy reach. Residents can also connect to most other locales around the globe.